The market is Catania's biggest attraction, which is not the most beautiful city in Sicily. It's very quaint and authentic, has very good prices, and its colors are outstanding. There are good cheeses, very fresh fish, delicious vegetables and fruits, and the best part is the people! People are everywhere!. If you pass through Catania I recommend it. It is a very pleasant experience, especially if you like good food and raw materials.
This magestic fountain is located in Piazza del Duomo and it is the current icon of the city. The artist Giovanni Battista Vaccarini carved it in 1736 out of lava stone. It gets its name due to the elephant holding an Egyptian obelisk made from Syene granite with hieroglyphics. A ball and badge of St. Agatha, the patron saint of Catania, formed by the cross, the palm, the lily and the angelic table has been placed on top of the obelisk.
The current Villa Bellini dates back to the eighteenth century, when it belonged to Prince Ignazio Paternò Castello. In the nineteenth century, it was bought by the city of Catania, and expanded to cover two small hills. On top of one of the hills is a place where concerts take place, and on the other there used to be a wood kiosk, donated by the Emperor of China, but it was unfortunately destroyed in a fire. During the month of September, after 4 years of maintenance, the villa was reopened to the public. For me it was a delight to go back to this spot, and walk through the gardens that I loved so much as a child.
Hi, I'm Pilar and I don't know if I am doing this right. These three photos are the latest from my trip to Catania, a beach that is very similar to Ibiza and Salou. On summer nights it gets very busy in various locations to dance and drink. Some bring a tent to spend the night. This beach is in kilometers, haha, you have to walk a lot to cover it, but it has fantastic golden sand. Ahhhhhhh, and the fish give you free feet peels, lol. Greetings, Pilar
The Piazza Duomo in the city of Catania, Sicily, is located in Cathedral Square. The square has a Vaccarini fountain in the middle built in 1736. The Catañese call this fountain "Elephant Fountain" for the elephant that has been carved in it and it has become the affectionate symbol of the city. The fountain represents three civilizations: the Punic, Egyptian and Christian. The elephant itself symbolizes the defeat of the Carthaginians who arrived to conquer the island on the back of huge elephants. The Egyptian obelisk holding the elephant, made of Syene granite with hieroglyphics concerning the cult of Isis, represents the Egyptian civilization. The cross that crowns the monument represents Christianity with the insignia of St. Agatha. It is decorated with bas-reliefs depicting the Hymenaeus and Amenano rivers that flow through the city of Catania. As the name suggests, the cathedral is also located in the square, and dates back to 1092. It is dedicated to St. Agatha, who is the patron saint of Catania. In the chapel of St. Agatha lies the body of the revered Saint, who was one of the first martyrs of Sicily. Festivals are held in the saint's honour in February each year. The main facade, an example of the Sicilian Baroque style that dominates the island, was designed by GB Vaccarini and built in 1736. Located in the perfect people-watching place, there is a cafe where you can have a drink and view the square, but generally it will just be full of tourists.
It is very interesting to visit the castle in Catania, home to the museum where you can admire more than 8000 pieces of archaeological remains, inscriptions, coins, sculptures, paintings, clay sarcophagi, and mosaics. The walls are massive, well preserved and have a thickness of 2.50 meters.
Rifugio Sapienza is a mountain retreat located in the south face of Mt. Etna at about 1,900m. above sea level. You can get there from the nearby town of Nicolosi. The rifugio has a hostel, a restaurant, a bar, and a cable car station, and is the starting point for many tours leading to Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.
In the station square of Catania, you can see this beautiful, impressive fountain, built by sculptor Giulio Moschetti, representing the Rape of Prosperina/Persephone by the god Pluto/Hades. It is right in the centre of the square, a bit hidden by the trees, and is worth taking a walk around.
Catania is full of wonderful places that will leave you slack-jawed, one of which is located in the heart of the city, in Piazza Stesicoro. It's a 2nd century Roman amphitheater. At first it may seem like it's just simple ruins, but they're guarded and protected so that people don't ruin it, but in reality, what we see is a portion of one of the most immense amphitheaters that formerly existed. It had a capacity for more than 16,000 people and was second only to the Roman Colosseum. To get an idea of the size it formerly possessed, it is best to look at the vaults, or in one of the semicircles of the amphitheater. Today we can see the ruins are under the ground floor, and the rest of the construction is hidden beneath the adjacent buildings. Actually, until 1904, the whole amphitheater was hidden under buildings, but the mayor at that time decided to instruct the architect Filadelfa Fichera rebuilding the part that's currently visible today. The result is a mix of old and new, which is very interesting and eye-catching. While the ampitheatre shows the great history this city had, the nearby buildings show the modernity that existed in these moments in Catania.
It seemed like a really interesting place and eye-catching place that all tourists should visit. Also, you'll find that the city's center and the surrounding areas always have a great atmosphere.
The palace is the work of Francesco Battaglia and a representation of the baroque of Catania. The interior was finished in the year 1766. This is one of the most admired palaces in the city. It was formerly the home of Prince Biscari. It has many rooms, where you can find frescos, archaeological remains, statues, marbles, etc.
The most significant monument of Catania is surely its cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Agatha, which is located in the city's Piazza del Duomo. It is a massive temple dedicated to the veneration of Saint Agatha, ve was the young virgin under great martyrdom by a Roman consul, and ve sacrificed her life before renouncing her faith. The building is impressive both in and out, as its Italian Baroque style showcases a lot of ornamentation. The first building was constructed in the eleventh century, but the facade that we see today was developed from 1700 as the building suffered great damage during the earthquake of 1693. In charge of restoring the facade was the architect Vaccarini, ve also produced some of the city's other prominent buildings such as the Piazza del Duomo and the Palace of the Elephants (the current city hall). The church's interior consists of three naves, though the most striking to tourists is that here lie not only the remains of St. Agatha, but also the remains of other leading figures in the city. Also, the colorful frescoes that are still in amazing condition catch the eye of every tourist. This temple is not only visited by tourists, but also by the residents of Catania because besides being a very religious people, they have a special affection for this cathedral. They believe that the Cathedral protects them at keeps the Mount Etna's volcano calm. The cathedral is not the only charm of the city that protects the people from the volcano: the other is also in the pizza, and the Fountain. The fountain holds a sculpture of a huge elephant representing Liotru, an animal that according to legend was the magician Heliodorus, ve lived in the eighth century BC and had the ability to turn men to animals. The elephant statue was sculpted in 1736.
Catania is a Sicilian city with a lot of nightlife and partying. This is for two reasons, first it is one of the most important cities in the island and second, it is one of the most popular destinations for Erasmus students. The city houses hundreds of Erasmus students ve beside studying take the opportunity to explore the island and, of course, to have fun. Most of the nightlife of the city is in the centre. There are several streets full of bars where you can listen to of all kinds of music. One of the most popular places for young people and especially Erasmus students is the bar in the hostel Agora. It is a small bar but it is located in one of the most central places (very close to Duomo Square) and they have a gigantic indoor terrace which is always crowded. This place is very popular because the drinks are cheap and it is one of the few places where smoking is permitted. In Catania you can find a party for all tastes. There are selective environments and dive bars for rockers, hippies, etc. What's more, in this city there is a party almost every day.
One of the things that made me love Catania is its markets the Pescheria and the Feria. The Fiera is a huge market in the centre of the city, in the Piazza of Stesicoro, mere steps from Piazza del Duomo. It sets up daily from 7am to noon (weekends I'm not sure if it's open) and covers several huge streets so to walk it takes some time. In the Fiera you can find everything from all kinds of food to clothing items and tools or accessories. Yes, the most striking are the vegetables and fruits that are available here. They have an amazing colour and are wrapped in place with a fragrance that makes it impossible not to give into the temptation to buy something. The quality of the products is exceptional and there are vegetables and fruit that I had never seen before, for example, purple cauliflowers. The market is always crowded because everyone buys acai products and the atmosphere is truly wonderful. What's more, sellers are more glib than anyone and always try to cajole you to buy something so it's impossible to leave the market without having bought anything.
One of the first things to do in Catania is visit the symbol of the city, the Fountain of the Elephant. This lava stone sculpture was built in 1736 by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini and portrays an elephant crowned by an obelisk. Legend has it that Vaccarani's original elephant was castrated, which the men of Catania took as an insult to their manhood. To appease them, Vaccarini added a pair of huge testicles to the original statue. Whether the story is true or not, the statue is definitely one of the most famous Catania attractions!
We can continue our journey through the things to see in Catania by strolling through the Roman-era theater, the Odeon. These well-preserved monuments date back to antiquity, so no list of what to do in Catania would be complete without a visit.
Catania is a city with many churches and basilicas. One of the most important religious attractions in Catania is the Cathedral of Catania, located in Piazza del Duomo. It stands out as a jewel of Italian baroque, with its rich ornaments, and is dedicated to St. Agatha. Another of the popular Catania activities is a trip to the Fish Market. People buy koi, squid, sea urchins, and all kinds of seafood. Still looking for stuff to do in Catania? Stroll through the Giardino Bellini, an old manor that has been converted into a public park, and visit the Teatro Massimo Bellini or Ursino Castle. Other places to visit in Catania are the palaces. The city has many palaces scattered throughout the territory, such as the Biscari Palace and the Palace of the Elephants.
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